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Florida TaxWatch Economic Commentary

Florida's 2016 Mid-Year Job Growth

Kyle Baltuch | 7/28/2016

Metropolitan Areas with Significant Growth

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"Florida’s 2016 Mid-Year Job Growth"

Florida’s success in adding jobs has been felt across the state as all metropolitan areas experienced job growth over the past year. Three of Florida’s most industrialized metropolitan areas, Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, and Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater led the way in terms of job growth, each adding more than 40,000 jobs over the past year.11

The growth in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater metropolitan statistical area (Tampa MSA) is noteworthy since the addition of nearly 41,000 jobs12 is up significantly from last year’s mid-year job growth report published by Florida TaxWatch, which showed that the Tampa MSA added 31,700 jobs,13 and the area was recently ranked first in job demand in the state of Florida by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.14 Coupled with the fact that the area has a relatively low unemployment rate of 4.6 percent,15 the Tampa MSA may continue to see strong job growth.

Job Creation by Metropolitan Area
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics // Seasonally Adjusted, in thousands of jobs
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 2,505.5 2,569.3 63.8
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 1,155.0 1,205.1 50.1
Jacksonville 646.8 670.0 23.2
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 245.7 255.0 9.3
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton 284.6 289.6 5.0
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island 135.2 139.3 4.1
Gainesville 133.7 137.5 3.8
Port St. Lucie 137.0 139.9 2.9
Ocala 97.2 100.0 2.8
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 201.2 204.0 2.8
Lakeland-Winter Haven 208.4 210.9 2.5
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 166.7 169.0 2.3
Punta Gorda 45.6 46.9 1.3
Sebastian-Vero Beach 48.4 50.4 2.0
Tallahassee 172.7 176.0 3.3
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,247.5 1,288.4 40.9


Like Florida, many states in the nation experienced strong job growth in the years following the Great Recession; however, many areas are now seeing growth stall out as they return to pre-recession employment levels. Florida’s continued success in adding jobs has helped the state push beyond pre-recession highs as Florida continues building a robust economy.

As we head into the second half of 2016, Florida’s job sector looks healthy. Florida’s total employment is among the highest in the state’s history and Florida’s Non-Farm Employment growth has been strong over the past year.

11   U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seasonally adjusted data. Retrieved July 25th, 2016.
12   Ibid.
13   Florida TaxWatch. Florida’s 2015 Mid-Year Job Growth. July 2015.
14   Tampa Bay Business Journal. Tampa Bay region ranks second in job growth; first in job demand. April 15th, 2016.
15   U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Seasonally adjusted data. Retrieved July 25th, 2016.



Economic Commentary written by

Kyle Baltuch, MS, Economist

Robert Weissert, Executive VP & Counsel to the President & CEO
Robert D Cruz, Ph.D., Chief Economist
Chris Barry, Director of Publications

Michelle A. Robinson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Florida TaxWatch
Sen. George LeMieux, Advisory Board Chairman, TaxWatch Center for Competitive Florida

Dominic M. Calabro, President, CEO, Publisher & Editor

Florida TaxWatch Research Institute, Inc.


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